QUICK LINKS:

Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

Created: 02/24/2014 1:34 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing shrinking the Army, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping of priorities following more than a decade of war.

Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon Monday, a week before President Barack Obama is expected to submit his 2015 budget plan to Congress.

Hagel said the military needs to adjust to the reality of smaller budgets, even as he asserted that the United States faces a more volatile, more unpredictable world that requires a more nimble military.

Under the Hagel plan, which Congress could change, the active-duty Army would shrink from its current 522,000 soldiers to between 440,000 and 450,000. That would make it the smallest Army since just before the U.S. entered World War II.



News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.



Rochester

Broken Clouds
72°
80° | 65°
  • Feels like: 72° F
  • Wind: SSW 3mph
  • Humidity: 91%
  • Wed Mainly sunny
    79° | 60°
  • Thu Mostly sunny
    85° | 57°
  • Fri Morning thunderstorms
    88° | 62°
  • Sat Showers
    76° | 61°